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Thailand to end emergency rule in six provinces

The Thai government will lift a state of emergency in six more provinces but not in Bangkok, the prime minister said on Thursday, more than two months after the end of mass protests in the capital.

world Updated: Jul 29, 2010 16:42 IST

The Thai government will lift a state of emergency in six more provinces but not in Bangkok, the prime minister said on Thursday, more than two months after the end of mass protests in the capital.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he would revoke the emergency laws in Chonburi, Ayutthaya, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan and Chaiyaphum in central and northeastern Thailand on the advice of security officials.

The emergency laws, which ban public gatherings of more than five people and give security forces the right to detain suspects for 30 days without charge, will remain in place in 10 provinces, out of a total of 76.